“For Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook, the demands from China are growing and his bargaining chips are dwindling,” Eva Dou reports for The Wall Street Journal. “Beijing is pushing western technology companies like Apple to meet increasingly stringent regulations for data storage and information sharing, while falling iPhone production means the U.S. tech giant’s suppliers and contract manufacturers aren’t the employment drivers they used to be.”

“With Apple’s sales tumbling, the Chinese government’s support waning and a new iPhone coming out, Mr. Cook is on a goodwill mission: meeting with government officials, touring Chinese Apple stores and speaking with local residents,” Dou reports. “Mr. Cook pledged to increase investment in China in a meeting with Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli in Beijing on Tuesday. He continued to the central Chinese city Chongqing on Wednesday, where he toured an Apple store with the mayor.”

“Mr. Cook’s latest investment pledge is a reminder of China’s longstanding expectations for foreign companies,” Dou reports. “In exchange for access to China’s vast customer base—the country is the world’s biggest smartphone market and internet market by users—foreign enterprises are expected to help the local economy through investment and technology transfer.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Expect even more pay-fo-play from Apple in the future.

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